Report: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is retiring
Who said June was the slow time of year for college football?
To the surprise of many, the nation’s longest-tenured FBS coach at his current school is reportedly stepping down.
According to a report from the Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will announce his retirement, effective immediately.
Tramel reported that 33-year-old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley will take over as the program’s new head coach.
Stoops, a former Iowa defensive back, has been with the Sooners since 1999. He won the 2000 National Championship and earned 10 Big 12 titles during his 18 seasons at Oklahoma.
Long before Stoops became one of college football’s top coaches, he was an assistant on Hayden Fry’s staff at Iowa from 1983-87.
He previously held the title of the nation’s longest-tenured coach at his current school. But with his retirement, that title will now belong to Kirk Ferentz, who arrived in Iowa City a week after Stoops took over in Norman.
Oklahoma is set to take on Ohio State in Week 2 of the 2017 season. With Stoops on the sidelines last year, the Buckeyes cruised to a 45-24 victory in Norman.